Toshiba, which last year drew top accolades from Laptop Magazine for green notebook computers, unveiled today the U.S. version of what it says is the world’s lightest 13.3-inch full-performance ultraportable laptop with an integrated DVD drive. The Portégé R700, which will price just under $1,000 starting (a consumer model available through Best Buy will price around $890), will sport a variety of green features to make it one of the more eco-focused laptops at the moment.
Toshiba said the Portégé R700 will have a power-efficient, LED-backlit display which is mercury free. The computer itself will be Energy Star 5.0 compliant for energy efficiency, as well as meeting requirements to make it EPEAT Gold certified. It is also RoHS compatible due to its restriction of lead, mercury, cadmium and certain other hazardous substances in its body. Finally, Toshiba has built into this computer a power saving utility that lets one easily switch to a a pre-configured power plan that lets one see the measure power savings over time.
Non-green features of the R700 will include a starting weight of three pounds, a one-inch thickness, a magnesium alloy casing reinforced with a new honeycomb rib design incorporated within the palm rests and base of the laptop, support for the latest Intel Core family of full-powered processors, a special cooling system that “uses directed streams of fresh air to cool the heat-generating components,” spill-resistant keyboard, Windows 7 Professional and a a high-capacity six-cell battery with a battery life rating of up to 8.5 hours.
“Portégé ultraportable laptops are not only a demonstration of Toshiba’s superior engineering and craftsmanship, but our ability to innovate to meet the demands of businesses,” said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, in a statement. “The Portégé R700 delivers the ultimate mobile experience at breakthrough prices that businesses have been waiting for, providing both performance and battery life within an extremely thin and light, yet durable form factor without compromising key features such as an integrated DVD drive.”